New Archivist Joins Library
By Jeannine Manning Hutson
The former director of archival services at the University of Northern Colorado has joined the Joyner Library at East Carolina University as its university archivist and records manager.
Kacy L. Guill, a native of Oregon, began her ECU duties in August. At the university, she will be responsible for directing the university’s robust records management program during a time of transition from paper to electronic documents.
The university’s archives are open to the public and are part of Joyner Library’s Special Collections department. The archives “are the historical record of the university since it opened in 1907. It is not the complete history of the university but holds the documents created by the university,” Guill said.
In addition to the reports and minutes from board of trustee meetings that one would expect, the university archives also house a hand-crafted scrapbook from the 1950s detailing a campus Christian student group and original East Carolina Teachers College diplomas gifted to the university from families. Guill also said they recently found a film of legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow speaking at ECU; however, because of the quality of the film, it will have to be restored before they are able to view it.
“The focus of the archives is records collection and management of those records of the university,” she said. “We collect legal, administrative, academic, fiscal and cultural records of the university.”
Maury York, assistant director for special collections at J.Y. Joyner Library, said Guill is a wonderful addition to the Special Collections staff.
“Kacy is an outstanding archivist,” he said. “She already has ideas for strengthening the university archives and making its collections more accessible to users of all kinds. I look forward to seeing the program flourish under her expert guidance and leadership.”
Guill earned a master’s degree in history at the University of California, Riverside, and received her master’s of library science degree from the University of Oklahoma.
She has also worked as the James A. Michener Endowed Archivist at the University of Northern Colorado along with other archivist positions.
At the University of Northern Colorado she oversaw the digitization of thousands of images, encoded archival finding aids to make them more accessible to users and planned tours and major events to publicize the collections in her care.